Hamline last won the MIAC regular season title during the 2007-08 season.
The win gives the Pipers 20 points in the MIAC standings, which is
currently a tie for first place with St. Thomas. The Tommies played
their final regular season game tonight, while the Pipers have two more
games remaining at Concordia.
Due to the number of games and points available remaining for
Concordia and Gustavus, the Pipers are guaranteed to at least share the
conference title and need just one point in the next two games to win
the title outright.
Each team tallied a goal in the first period in St. Peter, with the host Gusties striking first at 4:46.
Austun Tavis (Sr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) evened up the score at 11:26 on an assist from Brett Burgau (Sr., New Ulm, Minn.).
Hamline killed off a five minute penalty kill on a major for high
sticking early in the period, and then broke the tie with less than five
minutes to play before the intermission.
Skating four-on-four in the second period, Alex Lundbohm (Sr.,
Roseau, Minn.) put Hamline up 2-1 with a goal at 15:15. Chris Berenguer
(Sr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) was credited with the assist.
Hamline's game-winner came just 89 seconds into the third period
as Danny Vranek (Sr., New Port Richie, Fla.), who happens to wear
sweater #89, scored. Jordan Van Gilder (Jr., Lino Lakes, Minn.) and Cam
Stowers (Fy., Spring, Texas.) were credited with the assists.
Gustavus made it interesting at the end of the game, as they pulled
their goalie and scored with 33 seconds to play with the extra skater.
However, the Pipers were able to hold them off for the 3-2 win.
Beau Christian (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) tallied 30 saves en route to earning the win in net. Gustavus out-shot Hamline 32-to-25.
The Pipers are now 13-5-5, 8-2-4 MIAC while the Gusties are 13-8-2,
7-5-2 MIAC. Hamline will play the final two games of the regular season
on the road at Concordia, starting with a 7:00 p.m. game on Friday,